On 9 May 2018 at Winchester Crown Court, the defendant was sentenced to three counts of doing acts tending to and intended to pervert the course of public justice. He had been convicted after a trial and received three consecutive sentences. In short, he had pretended that a vehicle that could be linked to him had been driven by another person who was a Frenchman named Grevin Musee. The name was the equivalent of the Parisian version of Madame Tussauds and was in fact fictitious. He tried to cover the tracks of his deception when the Police started to investigate and created a second fictitious character that led the Police to the Isle of Lewes in the Hebrides. A second car that he was linked to was caught speeding and he repeated the offence claiming that it was driven again by Mr Musee. He later tried to cover up that second deception with some false documentation (count 3). He was found guilty after a trial.
HHJ Barnett who sentenced him referred to the legal authorities of R v Snow  EWCA Crim 580 and R v Ratcliffe  EWCA Crim 27. Some principles can be derived from these cases:
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